NAP Sign Up Reminder: Deadline May Vary in Your State – Check With Your Local FSA Office
Annual Fee $250
by Troy Fore, ABF Director of Government Relations
No, that’s not a post-Thanksgiving-feast directive, but rather an important reminder for any beekeeper who may want to participate in any USDA disaster program.
Enrolment in NAP (Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program) is a requirement for eligibility in disaster programs such as ELAP (Emergency Livestock Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm Raised Fish) - or any others that may be developed.
NAP provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory or prevented planting occurs due to natural disasters. A USDA fact sheet on NAP is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/nap09.pdf.
To enroll in NAP, visit your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. The annual fee is $250. Eligible producers must apply for coverage of noninsurable crops using Form CCC-471, "Application for Coverage," and pay the applicable service fees at their local FSA office. The application and service fees must be filed by the application closing date as established by the producer's FSA state committee.
Be a friend — pass the word to other beekeepers. Tell them to take a NAP!
posted November 2010